Finland held its presidential election in 2023, with former Prime Minister Alexander Stub winning the second round with 51.6 percent of the vote. Pekka Haavisto, the former head of Finland’s foreign ministry, won 48.4 percent of the vote.
The two candidates made it to the second round after the first round of elections held on January 28. Out of a total of nine candidates, Stub was an active supporter of Finland’s accession to NATO during his time at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He previously announced that he was leaving politics forever in 2017, but unexpectedly announced his candidacy for president in 2023.
These presidential elections marked the first since Finland joined NATO in April 2023. With the second round behind them, Finland is looking to the future with a new leader.
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